usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) , -zhəl; ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of usual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : accordant with usage, custom, or habit : normal
2 : commonly or ordinarily used followed his usual route
3 : found in ordinary practice or in the ordinary course of events : ordinary
as usual
: in the accustomed or habitual way as usual they were late



Definition of usual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something usual

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usualness \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wəl-​nəs How to pronounce usual (audio) , -​zhəl-​ ; ˈyüzh-​wəl-​ \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

Examples of usual in a Sentence

Adjective She charges less than the usual fee. He took his usual route to work. the usual method for preparing chili She is not my usual doctor. It's usual to charge a fee for delivery. It's not usual for him to get home so late.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Yes, the summer cold and cough season really is worse than usual., 23 July 2021 With cases of the more-infectious Delta variant rising and summer travel even more chaotic than usual, some people are having second thoughts about their vacations. Allison Pohle, WSJ, 23 July 2021 Yes, the summer cold and cough season really is worse than usual. Tara Parker-pope New York Times, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 The higher-than-usual number, along with some of the visitors violating a ban on Jewish prayer, added to Muslim concerns that Israel is trying to disrupt the status quo. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 22 July 2021 The league will follow Young’s instruction and fall quiet for a few days, gathering itself before another offseason that is shorter than usual. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2021 Target started putting backpacks on its sales floors much earlier this year, around the end of May, a month or more earlier than usual, data firm StyleSage said. NBC News, 22 July 2021 Monsoons have become increasingly unpredictable, starting later than usual, showing up in the wrong place, or sometimes not showing up at all. Aryn Baker, Time, 20 July 2021 Electric bills: Some FirstEnergy customers with indoor meters are receiving electric bills much higher than usual, making up for what they weren’t charged during the coronavirus pandemic. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recently, my usual got met with a wholly unacceptable response. Matt Young, Chron, 1 Feb. 2021 With business-as-usual off the table, many restaurants have added business lines, products and merchandise and services. Ian Mcnulty,, 7 Dec. 2020 Against this backdrop, science-as-usual can remain a source of tension and mistrust. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, 29 May 2020 The Mexican restaurant serves all of the usuals from three locations: 433 W New England Ave. in Winter Park; 5415 International Drive in Orlando; and 120 W. Church St. in Orlando. Lauren Delgado,, 15 June 2018 Of course, travelers can expect the usuals that come with flying on a low-cost carrier— Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, 25 July 2017 On most days, the half-dozen or so usuals, guns often holstered to their belts, settle into swivel chairs around tables near a bulletproof glass partition separating them from those taking target practice. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of usual


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for usual


Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use

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“Usual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of usual

: done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases : normal or regular


usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) \

Kids Definition of usual

: done, found, used, or existing most of the time This is the usual state of the house.

Other Words from usual

usually adverb

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